Hertfordshire

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POhWER was founded in Hertfordshire in 1996. 

We deliver services in the county as part of the HertsHelp service, in partnership with a wide range of voluntary sector organisations; including:

Read the latest POhWER Hertfordshire newsletter to find out what we have been doing in Hertfordshire. 

Read the 'Improving health of people with learning disabilities' November 2019 newsletter in EasyRead by Hertfordshire County Council here

We offer the following services in Hertfordshire:


How do I get support from an advocate?

To make a referral to the advocacy services in Hertfordshire, you can download the forms below:

If you are not sure whether you can get an advocate, or for more information, advice and support in your area, you can contact us on 0300 123 4044 or email [email protected].

The HertsHelp Hub is open 8am - 8pm Monday-Friday and 10am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday.


Local Leaflets


Other useful information

Learning disabilities - help with your health

The Learning disabilities - help with your health website supports people with a learning disability (and their carers) to access help with their health. 

The website currently includes:

  • Easy-read Leaflets regarding Learning Disability Nursing Services and what they can do to help you
  • Information regarding Annual Health Checks
  • Information regarding Purple Folders
  • List of Purple Star Services in Hertfordshire. (The Purple Star a quality kite mark and is offered to all health providers who are willing to review their service, to undertake training and improvements to provide a reasonably adjusted, equitable service for people with a Learning Disability).
  • A section on ‘How to Stay Healthy’

Volunteer in Hertfordshire

Throughout the year we value the support provided by volunteers across our services in Hertfordshire. We offer a supportive team environment, opportunities to learn new skills or brush up on your existing ones and a chance to gain experience in customer service, administration, IT, advocacy and communication.

We regularly offer student work placements for those studying a variety of courses, including social work, health & social care, administration and customer services. Contact us if you are interested in doing your placement with us and would like to know more.

See below for current volunteer opportunities:

Helpline Hub Referral Assistant

Helpline Assistant

Advocacy Administration Assistant

To apply, please complete the volunteer application form or contact us on 0300 123 4044.

POhWER Local Group explain what POhWER means to them:

We last held this event in October 2019 as, due to the pandemic, we had to cancel our Shout About it 2020 and 2021. But this year the Shout About it is back and we would love for you to get involved.

The event will be a multi-agency event being attended by a wide range of Hertfordshire health and social care providers and statutory and voluntary sector organisations.

The aim is to provide a one stop shop for Hertfordshire residents to access information, advice, advocacy and signposting to enable them to take more control over their lives, choices and options. The event is free for visitors to attend.

It is also a great Networking event. At the last event we had over 65 stalls and in excess of 500 visitors.

This year's Shout About it event will be held
on Thursday 6th October 2022 from 10.30am until 3pm
at the IBIS Forum & Conference Centre in Stevenage


Joining us this year will be:

  • #TeamHerts Volunteering
  • ADD-vance ADHD and Autism Trust
  • Adult Care Services Public Information
  • Age UK Hertfordshire
  • Always Bee You CIC
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Arthritis Action
  • Carers In Hertfordshire
  • Citizens Advice Stevenage
  • Communities 1st
  • Community Development Action, Hertfordshire
  • CoppaFeel!
  • Create Community
  • Dial a Ride
  • Everyone Active
  • Families First, Childrens Services, Hertfordshire County Council
  • Garden House Hospice Care
  • HCPA – Hertfordshire Care Providers Association
  • Hertfordshire County Council Adult Disability Team, North Hertfordshire
  • Healthy Hub Stevenage (Adult)
  • Hertfordshire Beacon, Catch 22
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Hertfordshire Health Walks
  • Hertfordshire Independent Living Service
  • Hertfordshire Libraries Social Care Information
  • Herts Ability
  • Herts Area Rape Crisis
  • Herts Careline
  • HertsHelp
  • HertsHelp HCNS
  • Herts Inclusive Theatre
  • Herts Parent Carer Involvement
  • Herts Sports Partnership
  • Hertswise/Age UK Hertfordshire
  • Hub Care Support
    West Hertfordshire
  • Imagination Dance CIC
  • JollyDays Supported Holidays
  • Later Life Matters LTD
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Mind in Mid Herts
  • Motor Neurone 
    Disease 
    Association (MND)
  • National Academy for Social Prescribing
  • NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board
  • North Herts and Stevenage Transport
  • Oasis 2 Inclusion Academy Limited
  • Partners in Support
  • Right at Home, Welwyn Hatfield & St Albans
  • SADA and The No More Service
  • Samaritans
  • Shared Lives Hertfordshire
  • Step2Skills
  • Step2Skills Supported Employment (formally Work Solutions)
  • Stevenage Borough Council, Young People's Healthy Hub
  • Stevenage Careline
  • Stevenage Football Club Foundation
  • Stevenage Neighbourhood Watch Association
  • Supported Activities Programme
  • The Inclusion Project
  • Tollers LLP
  • Triangle Community Garden
  • Trinity Community Project
  • Viewpoint
  • Watford Mencap

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]